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Old 2006-05-14, 10:02 PM
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Default Tankless water heaters

I don't know too much about these but it seems like a good idea to save some space. Does anybody have any experience or knowledge with these units, pros and cons? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 2006-05-15, 01:40 AM
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The biggest problem would be getting your builder to install one for you prior to closing.

Otherwise you have to sign on with whatever they give you and worry about paying out the lease contract and then installing a new unit.
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are they more enercy efficient?
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Old 2006-05-16, 12:41 PM
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Looks like Ozz offers 2 tankless versions.

http://www.ozzcorp.com/221_WaterTanks.html
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Old 2006-05-16, 01:20 PM
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I would be interested if anyone is in contact with Ozz about this to find out how much cost difference there is. Appartently in Europe these are becoming incredibly popular. They are the most energy efficient water heaters by far.
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Old 2006-05-16, 01:47 PM
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They are popular in most places where space is a premium.

I was in Hong Kong for a while last year and there were no hotwater tanks anywhere.. just the on-demand type because space is very expensive there and these things are small enough to fit under your sink or beside your shower.

Perspective: HK advertisements for 200 square foot appartments starting off at $12000HKD/month. (~$2000CAD)

Europe is simular in many ways too. Older infrastructure where space can be at a premium combined with higher costs of energy.
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How water tanks make me nervous.

I'm always anxious that they are going to explode and scald me. I know, I know, it's unlikely, but it still makes me nervous.
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Old 2006-05-16, 02:06 PM
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Then a natural gas feed into your house must really scare the crap out of you :)
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Here's what I just wrote someone:

I'm in the situation right now where I have to replace my 40 year old electric heater with something new..

I'm still on the fence when it comes to the tankless models for whole-house use.

It depends on your usage model.

If you want to feed a single application, such as a shower, dishwasher, clothes washer, then you are fine.

But if you want to feed more than one of these at once, apparently you have to spend megabucks on a model that can handle the demand.. And because of this it will require more energy at once to heat the water the extra water.

Also there's the startup time.. A hotwater tank is full of hotwater all the time and can deliver right away. A tankless heater will take some time to get to the temperature point where the water will start feeling hot. This may be a short amount of time, but you get what you pay for..

All I can say is, do some research and weigh what options are important to you against what it will cost you.
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When i was living in my first house there was not enough space in the basement to put a 40 gal gas hot water tank. so the gas company put a tankless hot water system on the wall and then plumb an old water tank inline with the new heater thus i had a tank of hot water that never ran out and did not have the wait time. just thought i would through that out there as i have not seen that said.

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